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Eastern Rail Experience
- Quebec City
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Embark on a captivating historic rail route from Halifax through Quebec and Ontario along the path of the mighty St. Lawrence river.
Day 1: Arrive in Halifax
Arrive at Halifax International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick-up your Jonview Canada Travel Kit at the front desk as you check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure to perhaps sample some of the local delicacies at one of the many portside restaurants and eateries. Spend 2 nights in Halifax.
Day 2: Halifax
A full day is yours to independently explore Halifax’s proud maritime heritage. The city is a centre for East Coast arts and culture, boasting galleries and local artists that capture the essence of Canadian Maritimes life. You may decide to visit the restored Historic Properties, the Citadel that has guarded the city since the 18th-century, the Public Gardens or perhaps arrange a day cruise around the harbour for an oceanside perspective of the city.
Day 3: VIA RAIL/The Ocean - Halifax to Sainte-Foy
Transferring independently to the Halifax rail station, board VIA Rail’s The Ocean and depart early afternoon on your rail passage to Sainte-Foy (lunch included). Wind across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before passing by the rolling hills of the Baie des Chaleurs. The evening offers long shadows over the landscape to accompany your delicious on-board dinner, and the rock and sway of the train ensures a restful sleep on your overnight journey. Overnight on board VIA Rail. (L/D)
Day 4: VIA Rail / The Ocean - Quebec City (Sainte-Foy)
The sun rises as you follow the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River into Quebec City where you debark to begin the next chapter of your holiday. Proceeding independently to your hotel and checking in, the rest of the day is yours to discover why this historic city draws thousands of visitors each year. We suggest visiting some of the most popular destinations and attractions such as the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale or the Basilica. Overnight in Quebec City (B).
Day 5: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Quebec City to Montreal
Departing on VIA Rail’s Corridor service to Montreal, follow the shoreline of Canada’s busiest waterway along the St. Lawrence River to arrive in the bustling metropolis of Montreal. As the second-largest French-speaking urban centre after Paris, the city is renowned for its love music, art and hospitality. Walk down lively St. Catherine Street with its numerous shops and cafes, or once the sun sets, sample the fine cuisine at one of hundreds of restaurants and perhaps take in a session at a lively jazz club. Spend 2 nights in Montreal.
Day 6: Montreal
Today, you will be going on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Montreal. You will see numerous highlights, such as the Notre Dame Basilica, the financial and residential districts, historic Old Montreal, the charming Latin Quarter and much more. You will visit the Olympic Complex, travel through the campus of McGill University and savour the panoramic views from an observation point on top of Mont Royal.
Day 7: VIA Rail/The Corridor - Montreal to Toronto
Depart on the last rail journey of your package, travelling through the small townships and communities of Quebec and Ontario en route to Canada’s largest city, Toronto. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take the rest of the evening to either enjoy the amenities of your hotel, or search out one of the city’s hundreds of restaurants and nightspots. Overnight in Toronto.
Days 8-9: End of Tour
Today you check out of your hotel and proceed independently to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your flight home
*Denotes local charge.
Please note: This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
Pre/Post Tour information
If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.
GMT -5 hours Eastern Canada
- Accommodation for 7 nights
- 3-hour sightseeing tour of Montreal
- Halifax to Quebec City (overnight), Quebec City to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto rail passage on board VIA Rail
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner onboard the VIA Rail from Halifax to Quebec City
- Travel and information kit
- Provincial taxes and federal GST and/or HST
- International flights
- VIA Rail upgrade to Business Class from Quebec City to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto, if required. Business Class offers at-seat meals including wine and hot and cold beverages, and complimentary newspapers.
- Meals and attractions unless othewise stated
- Transfers to/from train stations
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities
- The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary
Tours listed in the itinerary.
Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.
Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.
Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)
Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.
For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.